Liberal media are doing their best to try to make John Bolton’s book a “thing.”
Because, of course, if it makes President Donald Trump look bad, they’re all for it.
But the problem with it, as we’ve previously reported, is that his outlandish claims just don’t match reality. It just seems like he was trying to pull things out of his hat to hurt the man who fired him as well as get attention and money for his book.
I laid out some of those claims and how ridiculous they were here. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer completely disputes Bolton’s crazy claim about asking China for election help and discussing Uighur concentration camps, noting he was there and he heard no such thing. Former National Security Council Chief of Staff Fred Fleitz laid out what he believes the “turning point” was as to why his former boss Bolton might have flipped — one that Fleitz believes “disproves his whole book.”
Now South Korea is calling out Bolton’s claims in the book as well.
From Daily Wire:
A South Korean security official says that Bolton’s version of the events surrounding three U.S.-North Korea summits that took place from June 2018-June 2019 is “distorted.” In his book, Bolton claims that South Korean President Moon Jae-in set unrealistic expectations for the talks while pursuing his own agenda to unify the Korean peninsula. Bolton describes Moon as “schizophrenic,” according to Reuters.
“It does not reflect accurate facts and substantially distorts facts,” South Korea national security adviser Chung Eui-yong said, adding that Bolton’s published account of internal deliberations between the heads of state set a “dangerous precedent.”
“Unilaterally publishing consultations made based on mutual trust violates the basic principles of diplomacy and could severely damage future negotiations,” Chung said.
In other words, Bolton is endangering our international relations with the nonsense that he’s spreading. This is why such books are not published until the president the person served is out of office or until they will not adversely impact the United States. But Bolton apparently was more concerned about being sensational.
The DOJ had tried to stop the book because Bolton hadn’t gotten permission prior to publication and violated rules as to publishing classified information. While the Judge, Royce Lamberth, ruled that basically the horse was out of the barn with trying to stop the book, he found that if Bolton hadn’t gotten permission, he could forfeit his $2 million book advance and be in big trouble.
“Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States,” Lamberth wrote in his decision, according to The New York Times. “He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability.